This weekend, out of town visitors to the Clarke Museum and Eureka Visitor Center have been asking "What in the world is going on in Arcata and Eureka? There's these bike contraptions and costumes all over the place and people yelling about glory! Is it like this all the time?"
This weekend of course is one of Humboldt County's yearly big events, the Kinetic Grand Championship, also known as the Triathlon of the Art World. It's a 42 mile long race from Arcata to Ferndale, braving city streets, sand dunes, Humboldt Bay and the Eel River to race their sculptures into legendary history.
It's kind of a big deal around here. Look at all those people!
And this year, it's bigger than ever because this is the 50th race!
According to the Humboldt County Historical Society:
With awards like the Golden Dinosaur, the 6:32 Award, the Biggest Splash, and the Mediocre Award, it's an event you don't want to miss. If you can't make it out to the race, there's a live stream, which you can watch here.
Here at the Clarke, we have a few pieces of Kinetics memorabilia that have been donated over the years that you can see below, including photos of past sculptures.
Want to see more Kinetic history? Stop by the Kinetic Museum, located a few blocks from the Clarke at 518 A Street, Eureka. You can see the official website for the Kinetic Grand Championship here.
Have a glorious weekend!